Free “Charlotte’s Web” Lessons & Activities!

July 11th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free “Charlotte’s Web” Lessons & Activities!

(www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/author-white-born-this-30597.html)

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 2-5, with parental supervision)

 

Today, July 11th, is the birthday of E.B. White, American author of the beloved children’s book, Charlotte’s Web. He was born in 1899.

This website offers free “classroom” activities that can be tweaked for homeschoolers. It includes Charlotte’s Web-themed lessons on how to write an Acrostic Poem and/or a Comparative Essay, how to make a Venn Diagram, and provides a field trip suggestion.

Here are some other links to Charlotte’s Web resources including: 

  • The publisher’s website (HarperCollins) – Offers some fun online games themed around the book. There’s also a quiz, and some printables.
  • TeacherVision.com’s Letter From E.B. White – Read a letter that E. B. White wrote to his readers answering many of the frequently asked questions about his works. (Sign up for a free account with TeacherVision to see it.)

Amazing Summer Learning Activities from NatGeo!

July 10th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, July 10, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Geographic Education – Summer Learning

(www.nationalgeographic.org/education/summer-learning/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from National Geographic is a treasure trove of resources and hands-on activities that will stimulate the intellectually curious.

When you get to the site you’ll see some Cool Activities for Hot Days that include: 

  • Sediment Fossil Surprise – Grades 3-5
  • Conduct a Micro-Expedition – Grades 7-12
  • Design a Park – Grades 3-5
  • Think Like a Robot – Grades 5-9
  • Mapping Storybooks – Grades PreK-2
  • Create a Weather Map – Grades 2-3

And more!

Also, be sure to check out the links in the top menu: 

  • Teacher Resources – Ideas, Activites, Lessons, and more that can be filtered by grade, type, or subject
  • Reference – This Day in Geographic History, Current Events, Encyclopedia, and more
  • Mapping – MapMaker Interactive, 1 Page Maps, GeoStories, and more

There is a considerable overlap from one section to the other. All of them offer articles, projects, and activities to enhance learning. Bookmark this site – it will take several visits to see it all. (NOTE: Some of the links were not working at the time of this review.)

Free, Fun Math Games

July 9th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 9, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sheppard Software: Math

(www.sheppardsoftware.com/math.htm)

Age Range: 4-15 (Grades PreK-10, with parental supervision)

 

The fabulous Sheppard Software company provides this educational website that offers a multitude of fun and engaging math games with sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable.

The games are designed with various difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of games that cover topics including: 

  • Basic Operations
  • Mixed Operations
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  • Place Value
  • Telling Time
  • Money
  • Early Math
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Algebra
  • Round & Estimate
  • Probability
  • Ratio

Click on any icon under the heading of your choice to find an assortment of games to practice and improve mathematical skill.

Don’t miss exploring the horizontal menu located at the very top of the home page, to find interactive learning games for language arts, science, preschool and more! You’ll want to bookmark this site to return often!

Visit an Online Art Gallery

July 7th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, July 7, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Olga’s Gallery

(www.abcgallery.com/index.html)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Discover over 15,000 paintings from hundreds of artists all over the world with this comprehensive and well-organized website.

There are several ways to begin exploring. Use the left-hand sidebar menu to search by: 

  • Artist
  • Country
  • Movement
  • Name
  • New Additions
  • Ancient Greek and Roman Myths
  • Christian Saints
  • World Literature in Painting

And more.

Visitors can also see on the right-hand menu the New Additions and the Top 20 Artists or use the upper alphabet index to search for an artist by name.

Once you have made a selection, each artist page includes a brief biography and a selection of important paintings and artwork which can be viewed in a larger version by clicking the thumbnail. On the right-hand side, there are additional links for more information about the artist, artists of influence, and other artists from the same movement or country.

Bookmark this site to come back to time after time for all of your art studies.

Visit the Fossil Horse Cyber Museum

July 6th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, July 6, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fossil Horses in Cyberspace

(www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/fhc/firstCM.htm)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this virtual museum from the Florida Museum of Natural History, dig into the world of paleontology by exploring the fossil records of horses.

Begin your visit by first learning about the science of horses. Use the image menu to select: 

  • What’s in a Name? – Learn how biologists use scientific names to “formalize the process of naming animals.”
  • Amazing Feets: Tales told by Toes – Discover how the characteristics of an animal’s hooves and toes determine the relatives of the horse.
  • Stratigraphy Layer by Layer – Examine the process of fossilization.
  • Sedimental Journey: Geological Time Scales – Gain an understanding of stratigraphy, the study of geological time.
  • Internet Browsers (and Grazers!): Gallery of Fossil Records – Take a tour of horse fossils and learn about their history, discovery and much more. (To navigate this section, use the image map to make a selection, then your back button on your browser to return to the map.)

When you have finished with your tour, return to the home page by selecting the option in the lower menu. In the lower left, select the “WE DIG HORSES! Pony Express” link. Once arriving at Pony Express Archive and reading the introduction, scroll down to the newsletters. These PDF newsletters include a lot more information, images, and more regarding archeological digs, fossils, and more.  
Please note that this site does endorse evolution and presents information regarding this, so as always preview the website for appropriateness for your family.

Current Events for Kids

July 5th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Thursday, July 5, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Current Events

(hmcurrentevents.com/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website from textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt provides free, interactive, multi-media current events reports for middle school and high school students.

When you get to the site you’ll see a list of the recent stories. Use the left-hand sidebar menu for sections that carry stories spotlighting: 

  • American History
  • World History
  • World Geography
  • Civics/Government
  • American Diversity
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Presidential Election Connection

Also available from the homepage are sections for “Today in History,” “BBC Lead Stories,” “Web Resources,” “Events Calendar,” and “Polls.”

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a selection of current stories in the news, photographs, illustrations, and information for further research and study. Visitors will also find topical quizzes, top related stories and more.

Parents, please be aware that there are often links to other websites outside of the HMH site that have not been reviewed. As always, preview content prior to allowing your student to visit those websites.

Free Science with Watermelons

July 3rd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Tuesday, July 3, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Watermelon.org

(www.watermelon.org/Watermelon-101)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

It’s watermelon season in the northern hemisphere! Use this refreshing summer treat to beat the heat and learn science!

Is the watermelon a vegetable or a fruit? Click on the icon to find out. Also check out: 

  • How Watermelon is Grown
  • U.S. Growing Stats
  • Types and Varieties
  • History of Watermelon
  • And more!

You’ll also see the “Educators” link at the top of the page. Find the “Teacher Toolkit” with:

  • Activities and Printouts
  • Printable Worksheets
  • Coloring Sheets, etc.

And, see the menu on the right side of your screen for healthy eating tips, games and activities with recipes and find out how to host a “Watermelon Day” – a fun idea for a homeschool support group!

Find the British Redcoat with Math!

July 2nd, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Monday, July 2, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Education.com: Independence Day Activities

(www.education.com/activity/article/The_lost_redcoat/)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

This massive, ad-supported, website offers a variety of educational activities and games to celebrate the 4th of July! We’ve focused on one game for this review, where kids (about ages 8-11) use social studies, geography, and math coordinate skills to “Find the Lost British Redcoat.”

When you get to the site, you’ll need to sign up as a member (free) to access the materials. Then see the complete instructions for the game along with a free, printable map grid to use as you play.
 
When you’re through finding the lost Redcoat, check out all of the fun and educational 4th of July activities archived at this site including: 

  • Make a patriotic pinwheel – fun for all ages
  • Make soda pop fireworks – using 4th grade science
  • Use math skills to make a patriotic patchwork “quilt” placemat – for second graders
  • Would you sign the Declaration of Independence? – an activity for teens!
  • And more!

Just click on an activity of interest to get the instructions and downloadable materials. Happy Independence Day!

Design Your Own Opera

June 30th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Saturday, June 30, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(creativekidseducationfoundation.org/kids/opera/base.htm)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being: 

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about: 

  • The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
  • Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
  • Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
  • Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned.

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Tour the Museum of the American Revolution

June 29th, 2018 by ClickSchooling No comments »

 

It’s Friday, June 29, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of the American Revolution

(www.amrevmuseum.org/collection)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Discover some of the artifacts of the American Revolutionary War with this museum website.

When arriving at today’s link, start exploring items available online such as: 

  • Artwork – portraits of Lieutenant John Ross, Thomas McDonogh, the Comte du Perron and other masterpieces including the March to Valley Forge and the Battle of Germantown
  • Objects – muskets, swords, flags, clothing, cookware, Washington’s headquarters tent, and more
  • Printed Works – A Founding Father’s Roman History, newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence, Patrick Henry’s Law Books, Common Sense and Plain Truth, poems and more

Exhibits include historical background about the artifact and other related items to examine.

When finished browsing through the collections, check out the Interactive Timeline (be sure to allow Flash to run to use) to explore items interactively, read more details about the artifact and to see video presentations about the objects.

Be sure not to leave this site before visiting the Educator Resources page. Once on the page, hover back over the Educator Resources link to reveal the Virtual Field Trip link. This link takes visitors to a page for Beyond the Battlefield: A Virtual Field Trip, “a behind-the-scenes field trip of the Museum with host Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series of children’s historical fiction novels.” This field trip will take visitors to the Scholastic website and includes a downloadable Classroom Kit, a 25-minute video tour and many more resources for your students in 2nd-8th grade. 

This site will make a fabulous addition to your American History studies.

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